Holiday season is here and chances are, you are wishing there is a way to eat and drink all you want – without putting on some holiday weight. It’s hard to turn down a second slice of pie… we’re only human!
You try to ramp up your workouts and exercise a little extra to counteract the extra calories, but maybe you still have some unwanted pudge. You can try every diet, belly-flattening trick, or exercise in the book and still have extra fat around your middle.
Because fat cells around your middle are different than other fat stores in your body. Different fat cells contain two different kinds of receptors: alpha- and beta-. These receptors act in opposition: Alpha-receptors hinder lipolysis and beta-receptors trigger it.
What does all of that mean? It means that alpha-receptors are incredibly hard to mobilize. When you initially start losing weight you may notice the pounds are dropping from your arms, face, and chest, but see little results on your stomach. That is because there are more alpha-receptor cells that make up the fat stores in your midsection.
Unfortunately there is no way to spot reduce. Sure, there are exercises to tone specific areas, but there is no one easy way to target the fat in a single area on your body. Losing stubborn fat comes down to a few lifestyle choices.
In fact, there are 3 reasons why you are having a hard time slimming down.
1. You are Stressed
When you are stressed, your body releases the hormone called cortisol. This hormone forces fat cells to mature, and more often than not, they are centered around your belly. Cortisol can also cause you to reach guilty-pleasure junk foods that are high in sugar and refined ingredients. Junk food can trigger a euphoric sense that tricks you into thinking you have temporary relief.
2. You Are Not Exercising Correctly
There’s a good chance you have the same idea as most people – doing planks and endless crunches will help burn stomach fat. Well, you’re wrong. Planks and crunches are great for balance, toning, and core strength, but they are not fat-burning exercises. Changing your workouts to be a combination of weight training and cardio will help speed up your metabolism and get your body burning more calories, even at rest. That’s right. You can burn calories even if you are not actively exercising just by increasing your metabolism.
3. You Are Not Sleeping Enough
A common culprit of stubborn belly fat is a lack of sleep. Not only does sleep give your body a chance to reset from the previous day, but your body has a chance to burn fat while you are not stressing out or eating. Sleep and stress go hand-in-hand, so if you are not getting at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night, your body is more susceptible to fatigue.
If this all applies to you, then you may be the perfect candidate for laser body sculpting technology called SculpSure. This non-invasive fat reduction procedure targets fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue and quite literally melts away the fat cells, then removes them naturally through your body’s lymphatic system.
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